Different but Complementary
The role of occupational therapy in the public schools is unique and different from the role of OT provided in clinics, hospitals, homes and other community settings. The fact that these differences exist can be a difficult concept to grasp for all involved including parents, other team members,OTs working outside of the public schools, and even the public school OT themselves! Conflict may arise due to a lack of understanding of these role differences. For this reason it is important that school therapists are clear and confident about their role in the public schools. Public school OTs must possess the ability to clearly articulate their role to parents, other team members, community therapists and medical professionals in order to avoid misunderstandings and to facilitate collaboration among all involved in a child’s care and education.
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